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Why animal culture matters for conservation


Researchers say conservation of some of the world’s most endangered species needs to take cultural knowledge of animals into account when working out how best to protect them.

An international group of scientists, including Dr Emma Carroll from the University of Auckland, have come up with a ‘roadmap’ to help conservationists make the best decisions when implementing measures to help save them.

Like humans, species such as elephants, chimpanzees and whales learn from each other. For example, meerkat pups learn how to hunt scorpions by copying adults, and whales learn migratory routes from their mothers. Over time, learned behaviour can create differences between groups of animals which shape how they forage, migrate and communicate. MORE

Header image: BAS South Georgia Whale Team.